Friday, January 25, 2013

See You in 2!

Drew left on his mission on Wednesday. On Tuesday Drew was set apart as a missionary, so we came down Tuesday night and spent the night. On Wednesday we at lunch at La Jolla Groves and then dropped Drew off at the MTC. It was a great 2 days and we are excited for the experience that he will have. See you in 2, Drew!

Playing Quirkle with Drew before he left
This was when Drew was about to be set apart. My grandma found out that the Flathers side has a lot of history in Kentucky. Pretty cool!
Lunch at La Jolla Groves!

Saying goodbye to Gavin

Gavin giving Drew a big kiss on the nose
Drew and Grandma Borden

13 Months

Gavin is now 13 months old. Gavin is starting to talk a lot these days. He will try saying words if you repeat them to him. Words that he knows and says: mama, dada, diaper, ball, cracker, dog, pup pup ( for puppy), wow, hot, mouth, and a few others. He has a few little tricks that he can do. If you ask him what sound a monkey makes he will make monkey sounds. He claps his hands every time you say "good job". If you ask him to put his arms up, he puts them straight up in the air. He is obsessed with balls and this just started a few days ago, but he loves balls. Anything that looks like a ball he also thinks is a ball. He thought an onion was a ball. Gavin is such a monkey and is very naughty sometimes. He is such a happy boy and loves people. He can be very tiring though, I am glad he is a good napper so I can get a little bit of a break during the day. He also blows on his food, regardless if it is hot or not. haha. He learned this just from watching us eat when something was too hot.

Gavin got a play tent for his birthday. My mom found a bag of colorful balls at Target on clearance, so she got them for Gavin to play with in his tent. He LOVES it. He is in heaven when he is playing in all of those balls.

This is a video of Gavin eating applesauce. He thinks its so funny to spit it out and laughs every time. My favorite part is when he goes "BLEH!"

I also found at Ross a little basketball hoop with suction cups. I put it in the bathtub so he can play with it and he also loves it. He makes baskets over and over again.

I was at my parents house when I found a sock monkey kit. It just included socks, so I looked up the directions online. I made Gavin a sock monkey, and he loves it. It isn't perfect and it still needs eyes, but I think it turned out really cute.

This was taken this morning. Gavin took off and it took me a minute to find where he had gone. He was just staring out of our bedroom window longing to go outside. I feel bad that I can't take him outside because it is too cold/icy/nasty inversion.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

One of my best friends, Alyx, asked me if I would take some photographs for her. Her husband, Spencer, has been serving in the military for the past year in Afghanistan. I was honored that she asked me to come take photographs at his homecoming. It was such a neat experience to be there. I always tear up when I see military families reunited on the news. It was such a joyous and happy event and I am so glad that I could be there. Jayden was sad that he couldn't make it, but I am grateful that my mom came and helped me watch Gavin so I could take photographs.

While we were waiting:
Alyx and her mom Laura

Spencer's parents

Seeing the plane pull up

Alyx's awesome sign that she made

Seeing Spencer get off of the plane

He's home!

Husband and wife together again!

Spencer's brother and sister

Gavin loved Spencer!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Drew's Farewell

A lot of you probably know that Drew left on his mission today. I will post about that very soon, but first I want to post about his Farewell a few weeks ago. In our church, when a missionary leaves on a mission, they first have to give a talk in church to the congregation. After Drew's talk in church, we had close family and friends over to congratulate Drew.

A group of Drew's friends that came to the church to listen to his talk

Drew's close friends from high school

The missionary sign that Drew gave my mom.

The food: quiche, fruit, muffins, rolls, pie, and cake

Since Drew is going to Kentucky, my mom had the theme of "Ride for the Roses" because in Kentucky is where they have the Kentucky Derby and the "Run for the Roses"

The Kentucky state flag

a traditional Kentucky pie